Mexican Pile Ups

Today’s recipe is a twist on one of my family’s favorite meals, Hawaiian Haystacks.  Since my family loves them so much and also enjoys Mexican food, I thought a Mexican version would be fun for a change.  The base of this is a simple ground beef/tomato sauce.  Serve the sauce over rice along with the toppings of your choice.  I listed toppings I think would work, but I am sure you all can come up with even more.

I also wanted to give you an update on some upcoming appearances and book signings.

  • I will be appearing on the KSL morning news tomorrow Sept 1 between 6-7 am.  I will be on there to talk about my book and share a recipe for tailgating.
  • Book signing at  Swiss Days in Midway, Ut on Friday Sept 2 from 9:30 -11:30 am at “The Book Shop” booth.
  • Book signing at Sandy, Ut Costco on Thursday Sept 15 from 11 am -3 pm.
  • Book signing at the Murray, Ut  Costco on Friday Sept 30 from 11 am – 2 pm.

Mexican Pile Ups

  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 3 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • cooked rice (at least 4 cups)


  • grated cheese
  • green onion
  • diced avocado
  • diced tomatoes
  • salsa or pico de gallo
  • sour cream
  • corn (I would thaw frozen corn or use canned corn)
  • canned beans (rinsed and drained)
  • guacamole
  • sliced olives
  • crushed tortilla or corn chips
  • tortilla strips
  • cilantro
  • diced red or green peppers
  1. In a large skillet, brown the beef along with the onion.  When beef is fully cooked drain off any grease.
  2. Add the cans of tomato sauce and taco seasoning.  Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for a couple of minutes.
  3. Serve the beef/tomato sauce over cooked rice and top with desired toppings.
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